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Protect your electronics during an outage

This article was published in August 2021 and may be outdated.

Your electronics and appliances can be vulnerable to outages. To protect them from possible damage:

  • Unplug them: Unplug expensive electronics and appliances. This includes TVs, computers, game consoles, audio equipment and lights, etc.
  • Use surge protectors: When you can’t unplug electronics, plug-in or point-of-use surge protectors can help prevent any damage. A licensed electrician can also install a surge suppressor at your main service panel. Electrical panels in some new homes come with surge protective equipment already installed.
  • Turn off the lights: Keep one light plugged in and turned on, so you will know when the electricity comes back on.